Police in South Australia and Victoria have reported two unrelated incidents in the space of a week involving 20-year-old learner drivers in Holden Commodore utes.
The antics of two learner drivers in Holden Commodore-Uten have been leaked online by police after two separate incidents in two states over the past week.
At 18:30 on 30 January 2022 officers from the Barossa Highway Patrol on the north-south motorway in South Australia reportedly spotted a Holden Commodore SS-Ute being hit 253 km/h in a 110 km/h zone.
According to a media statement from South Australian Police, the V8-powered Holden Commodore suffered a mechanical failure shortly after it was spotted speeding, allowing Highway Patrol officers to catch up with the driver.
When they spoke to the 20-year-old man, officers discovered that the driver held a learner’s license while his passenger did not have a full driver’s license – a requirement to be classified as a supervisor.
While the speed found was 143km/h over the posted limit, learner permit holders in South Australia are limited to 100km/h – resulting in the 20-year-old exceeding his speed limit by 153km/h.
A roadside drug test performed on the driver returned a positive result, while the Holden Commodore ute was also found unregistered.
In accordance with new laws introduced in August 2022, South Australian Police immediately revoked his 12-month learner’s permit and impounded his car for 28 days.
The 20-year-old will later face trial after being charged with multiple offenses including driving at extreme speeds and in a dangerous manner, violating a learner’s license and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.
The South Australia incident followed a bizarre Australia Day accident in Victoria in which another 20-year-old learner driver in a Holden Commodore Ute became stuck in a church wall after losing control of the vehicle.
Uploaded in a post on FacebookVictoria Police reported that the unaccompanied learner lost control of the ute and crashed into a wall at Sacred Heart Church in Yea – some 110km north-east of Melbourne.
While the learner driver was able to leave the Ute unharmed, the Holden Commodore was reportedly stuck in the church wall due to damage to the building.
The vehicle was later removed from the church wall thanks to the assistance of officers from the Seymour Highway Patrol, Yea Police, Yea Country Fire Authority, Victoria Ambulance and the State Emergency Service.
Victoria Police did not say if the driver would be charged with any offences.
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